Capcom doesn't allow itself any rest: Their wildest and fiercest warriors are fighting against enemies such as Marvel or SNK, spreading joy over Beat-em-Up fans worldwide. Their newest contestant may not be as popular in the western world as Marvel but it's a widely regarded name nonetheless - and it's huge in Japan: Tatsunoko Production, home of cartoon series such as Samurai Pizza Cats, Speed Racer oder Neon Genesis Evangelion for almost fifty years now. We talked to Game Producer Ryota Niitsuma (who worked on Street Fighter 4 amongst other games) about the upcoming Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All Stars.
4Players: Why did you choose the Wii as your game's platform? It's not the world's most famous console for Beat-em-Up games.
Ryota Niitsuma: From the start the game concept was of course a fighting game, but as well as being a fighting game we wanted to pursue the line of a party game where people can gather and play together. In that sense Wii was the best platform because it is natural for this console that people get around it and play together.
4Players: Do you have any plans to release the game on other platforms as well?
Ryota Niitsuma: Currently there are no plans to port the game to other consoles. However, we are deploying Tatsunoko vs. Capcom
Ryota Niitsum, Producer of Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars
for the first time to the western market and according to the response porting might be an option for the future. But the game has been fully optimized for the Wii system, especially the graphics. So if we were to port it to Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 then we'll actually have to make the game from scratch. So rather than just making a port we'd make a completely new title - maybe a sequel.
4Players: The game is graphically really impressive. How difficult was it to create a game like this on a console not being known as a powerhouse?
Ryota Niitsuma: Actually, contrary to the conceptions that Wii graphics are not so good the console is quite capable. Okay, the graphics may not be as good as on other consoles, but the Wii has a lot of power. And traditionally Capcom is being very good at using the hardware potential to the fullest. We have another Wii title in development, Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles, which is looking absolutely amazing, too. So you could call it a Capcom tradition.
4Players: The japanese Version of Tatsunoko vs. Capcom is about half a year old. Are you including any enhancements or new features in the western release?
Ryota Niitsuma: Indeed we do. The biggest feature would be the new characters we'll be adding. Also we'll be redesigning some of the levels as well as some sounds, and we will re-record some of the voiceovers.
4Players: Do you have any plans for online gaming?
Ryota Niitsuma: We are currently trying to implement the system, but we haven't definitely set if we're going to do that yet.
4Players: While playing the game I couldn't help but notice that it's awfully easy to pull off special moves, to do all the cool tricks that need a lot of practice in other Beat-em-Up's like Street Fighter 4. Are you intentionally making the game easier for the novice gamer? Or do you have any hidden features for advanced players?
Ryota Niitsuma: Ideally the game would be fit for both groups. But as I mentioned earlier the game concept is based on the idea of a party game. However, the game is build on the philosophy of a hard-core fighting game and so it will please these gamers as well. Ultimately it probably will be directed towards casual players but the core of Tatsunoko vs. Capcom is a very deep hard-core fighting game that any fan of the genre should love.
4Players: Some of the characters like Gold Lightan are not only giant in size but also do a lot of damage while others like Roll seem harmless and kind of ridiculous in comparison. How do you want to keep the fighting balance in the game?
Ryota Niitsuma: All the moves and special effects for the characters have been taken directly from the Tatsunoko and Capcom franchises - and obviously Lightan has to be big and strong. But of course the fighting game has to have the balance which is why we spent a lot of the